Casa del Mundo nestled in the tropical forests of the South Central Mountains of Puerto Rico in a high mountain river valley ( a river runs through it ) yet only 45 minutes to the Guanica beaches is a treasure. This is the original Jibaro farm house lovingly renovated for modern use yet retaining it's rustic feel. There is no environ or abode on the island that can match it's unique beauty. 15% discount for bookings of 3 or more days. Catered meals offered when available.
Warm days (75-85F), cool nights (65-70F) of the tropical mountain jungle with virtually no mosquitos (no screens necessary!) to hinder your commune with nature. No air conditioning necessary. It really is a perfect climate! Explore the miles of trails that meander through the forest, perhaps into the edges of the Guilarte Forest Reserve or journey to the undiscovered beaches of Guanica a short pleasant drive down the mountain (45 min). Then return to your mountain retreat to take a dip in the pure refreshing waters of the finca's river just in time to see the moonrise above the mountains immersed in a symphony of jungle night sounds. The best of both Caribbean worlds! There is no other environ or abode on the island quite like Casa del Mundo. Once the Jibaro family dwelling of a small coffee farm, it has ben renovated for modern use yet still retains it's rustic feel. We offer two rental Casitas-CasaMundo (2 -6 persons) and Casa Kadam (2-4) each with unique characteristics but both with solar hot showers, state-of-the-art eco/composting toilets and fully equipped kitchen. The Peace Pavilion-- a large roofed meditation/yoga pavilion-- is available for guests (when not being rented for special events/retreats).
When available our our local friend and cook Daly will prepare and serve you in Casa del mundo traditional, local food using local, fresh ingredients. She does offer one Vegan/vegetarian curried platter. Daly's meals feature Frituritas de Guineo with curry sauce- Papo's organic green bananas pan friend and served with a tomato based onion curry sauce. All of Daly's meals are $18 per person.
Our friend Megan is a professional gourmet vegetarian chef specializing in Farm-to-Table servings. Megan has to travel almost 2 hours to get here and is not always available. The cost of her dinner is $25 per person.
Both Daly and Megan request (and require) that you make your inquiries via email from your personal email address to them 2 weeks ahead or minimum at least 1 week ahead of time.
The sooner you make your inquiries, the more likely you will be able to make a reservation.
Copy Sana on all correspondences from your personal email address
Be sure to bring cash to cover your meal costs and other miscellaneous costs such as yoga or meditation classes, or purchasing fresh organic produce from Papo.
Daily morning Yoga and Meditation classes are available.
The hosts are fully qualified Kadampa meditation instructors. Private meditation instruction is offered for both beginning and experienced meditators.
*Ziki infection is virtually unknown at the mountain altitude of Casa del Mundo. There are no reported cases to date. (Daly recently gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby!)
River swimming holes, miles of well- maintained trails to explore the forest and views, organically farm-grown fresh produce available for purchase, solar hot showers, indoor state-of-the-art eco/composting toilets and the incredible have-to-experience-to-believe sounds & sights of mountain jungle life.
Other things to note
Guests must purchase in town all the food (we provide organic coffee, sugar) they will need for their stay prior to arrival, but if your booking an extended stay you can journey down the mountain to Peñuelas (30 minutes) for more supplies or to eat out in Ponce or elsewhere.
We highly recommend guests bring flashlights, flip flops and a warm shirt or sweater for the sometimes cool mountain breezes
Please note: this space is appropriate for children ages 7 and up.
And, most important, be prepared to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of this unique mountain valley.
There are 3 eco-casitas on this model tropical, mountain farm dedicated to ecologically sustainable cultivation of cacao, coffee, vegetables and diverse tropical fruit. It also provides a space for various retreats including monthly meditation/yoga workshops. Upon your arrival, let Papo know if you are interested in taking his morning meditation and/or yoga class. The donation fee is $10 per person.
This ecotourist offering is associated with the not-for-profit organization ECOSECHA.
Check out our web site: puertoricorainforestretreat
Long term guests can request Sana & Papo to set up an appointment to come to their personal home to use WiFi for urgent matters.
Cell device is excellent for ATT plans and most major 4G systems function well.
You need to plan carefully your trip to Casa del Mundo. We will meet you at the chapel in Barrio Barreal ( 30 min. from Peñuelas center ). Please read Other Things To Note. For those whose flights arrive after 12 pm we suggest you book a night in beautiful Old San Juan so that you have plenty of time to grocery shop and drive to Peñuelas in time to meet us. The cottages and terrain are appropriate for children ages 7 and up. One pet dog is allowed although will have to be restrained from going into the farm plantings. We prefer no smoking but on occasion allow smoking outside. Please be respectful of the local customs and considerate of the local flora and fauna. Gracias, S&P
Sana & Papo, musicians by trade (both bilingual), live and work on Finca Caminos y Moradas and are always available to answer any questions or address any concern. They are well versed in all the local customs, flora and fauna (Papo is a trained forester) and can recommend short excursions from the farm (1 hour or less) to visit local points of interest. They have a close, harmonious relationship with all their neighbors.
My husband, Papo, and myself are musicians by trade but here on the Finca we are establishing an alternative small scale agriculture with terraces, cacao forest, and an ecotourism integrated with the local community and environment. We are meditation teachers that have been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for 18 years. We sponsor retreats of all kinds here at this tranquil corner of the island. Guests are invited to participate in both these retreats, or Finca activities but, of course, just hanging, exploring the jungle trails, or a quick trip to the Guanica beaches are also great options.